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Top 6 Podcasts for Climbers

Top 6 Podcasts for Climbers

We’ve compiled a solid list of podcasts, in no particular order, for when you’re commuting to work, road tripping to your favorite climbing destination, baking sourdough bread, or taking a bath. These are all great listens if you’re looking to gain training knowledge for climbing, laugh (and maybe cry) at real-life experiences, self-reflect, and uncover new perspectives.

The TrainingBeta Podcast

Get insight into the best training tips and nutritional advice from climbing trainers, coaches, and professional climbers. These conversations share experiences where climbers of all levels can relate to and benefit from.

#152: Juliet Hammer on Weight Training and Racism in Climbing

Power Company Climbing Podcast

Become a better climber by hearing from experts about the tools, tactics, and training techniques every climber can use to climb smarter, harder, and improve overall.

#176: Board Meetings | Worst Advice We Got As Beginners

The Enormocast

Imagine conversations around a campfire. Enjoy informative, entertaining, often humorous, and sometimes serious interviews with dirtbags, professional athletes, and everyday climbers.

#204: Favia Dubyk - Upon the Mortal Side

For the Love of Climbing Podcast

Two words: Real People. Host of the show, Kathy Karlo, put it perfectly: “This is not a climbing podcast. Well, sorta. This is a podcast about choosing vulnerability and talking about our pain -- and how we are all really just shining examples of this messy human existence.”

#17: What We Know

She Explores Podcast

Highlighting women in the outdoors with inspiring stories while covering necessary topics like solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity; conservation; motherhood; feminism in the outdoors; and so much more.

#139: Chasing Space on Earth - Dr. Sian Proctor

Vertical Thoughts Podcast

Discover more from the climbing community with a widespread of different topics ranging from advice on home climbing walls and first ascents to dating and beating cancer. 

#35: Let’s Talk STOKE w/ Matt Vega & Owen Dao

All podcasts are available on Spotify, iOS, Android, and the web.

Climbers Vote: Prepare for the Polls

Climbers Vote: Prepare for the Polls

Despite what you believe in, we all have something in common - we love to climb. As climbers, our votes can help decide the future of our public lands, create actions to combat climate change, and build a more equitable community and environment. This voting season, let’s climb together at the polls. We’ve compiled a short list of resources to help prepare you for the upcoming election.

Register to Vote or Check Your Voter Registration Status

Maybe you’ve moved recently or need to update some of your voter information. You can easily check your registration status online. If you’re voting for the first time and still need to register to vote, it only takes two minutes! For comparison, it takes two minutes to: brush your teeth, microwave a hot pocket, do 25 sit-ups, travel one mile going 30 mph, and watch this video twice of Chris Sharma on some heinous climb in Spain.

Ways to Vote

If you can’t make it in-person to a local polling place, you have the option to conveniently vote-by-mail! In CA, you must request a vote-by-mail ballot by October 27, 2020, and return by mail postmarked on or before November 3, 2020. You can also return your ballot in-person by contactless drop-off at any local polling place before 8 pm on election day or at one of your county’s ballot drop boxes.

Get Involved

Here are some ways you can get involved when preparing for the upcoming election:

  • Educate -  Learn about the candidates you plan on voting for. Understand their agendas and how it may impact what’s important to you. Double-check your sources (articles, social media posts, etc.) and try to avoid misinformation.
  • Have Conversations with Family Members and Peers - Discussions that challenge you, give insight, and offer different perspectives are valuable even when you disagree on certain topics. 
  • Support Voting Campaigns that Align with You - Here is a small list of different voting campaigns that focus on fighting voter suppression, empowering young voters, and promoting effective voting in marginalized communities.
  • Volunteer or Create Art - Our community consists of extremely talented people. Use your talent to spread awareness and/or donate to a voting campaign by creating powerful, impactful art or volunteering with organizations like Rock the Vote.

As a climber, your vote matters. So let’s climb together at the polls this November and vote like our futures depend on it. #sociallydistancedvotingparty

Meet Our Head Coaches: Christian & Dom

Meet Our Head Coaches: Christian & Dom

Last week, we had our head coaches, Christian Mercene and Dom Barry, from SNA & LAX takeover the Sender One Instagram. They shared insight on their coaching and climbing experiences with our community while providing some rad photos of themselves. We can’t get past the fact of how extremely fortunate we are to have such inspiring individuals be part of the Sender One team and lead the next generation of climbers.

We opened up the floor to our community to ask some questions for Dom and Christian to answer:

What is your proudest coaching moment?

  • DB: My proudest coaching moment was a team multi-pitch climb in Tahoe. [It was] great to see some of the team conquer deep fears and others lend a helping hand with easing nerves.
  • CM: There are so many honestly, but one that sticks out (not just because his dad asked this question 😂) was seeing Silas Change represent team USA for speed [climbing] in Arco Italy. Such a surreal and proud moment representing our community. 

What is your proudest send?

  • DB:  My proudest send(s) were probably v5 / 5.12. These were the first climbs to really challenge me and help me understand the intricacies of rock climbing.
  • CM: Proudest send I would have to say my most recent one. Check my page if you’re interested in watching the send! 

What is your favorite crag snack?

  • DB: Favorite crag snack is Ling Hing Mui gummy bears!! We all have our vices, haha.
  • CM: Favorite crag snacks are Kind Snacks, especially the dark chocolate & sea salt bar.

Who are your biggest role models and why?

  • DB: No doubt my biggest role models are the women [in my life] and my family. With my father absent, my mother and "village" helped raise me. Without them, I don't know where I'd be.
  • CM: LeBron James because not only is he an athlete, but he has played a huge role in giving back to his community, Kobe Bryant because #mambamentality (r.i.p. 🙏🏽), Bruce Lee because of his spirit and outlook on life.

What’s your favorite donut and why?

  • DB: My favorite donut is strawberry glazed with rainbow sprinkles. I have an insatiable sweet tooth and this one checks my boxes all day.
  • CM: Favorite donut, I have to say the original glazed 🤤.

Other than basic climbing gear, what’s the one thing/gadget/hack that you’re so glad to have discovered?

  • DB: The Organic Climbing spot pad!! It serves as a backpack, crash pad, crag nap station/sleeping pad, rope edge protector, shovel, and shelter. Love that thing.
  • CM: The Trango Climbing stick clip for sure (no shame, haha). I’m able to clip into the first bolt safely without taking a ground fall, in case the first couple moves are spicy!

Any tips on getting out of a climbing plateau?

  • DB: It's important to note if you are actually plateauing, or if you're just having a bad session. One thing that can be helpful is to start a training log and really use it! This way you can see what you've been doing and determine what changes can be made to your process if any. Have you only been climbing one style? How are basic life necessities such as sleep, hydration, and nutrition? Are you getting enough rest in between sessions? Are you getting outside of your comfort zone? From a physical standpoint, I like to start with this kind of check-in and go from there. I hope this helps!
  • CM: Plateaus are an inevitable part of climbing just like anything else. The key thing for me has been consistency, trying to stay injury-free, and tracking strength gains. Sometimes it’s hard to see progress when focusing on grades, but I try to keep track of objective benchmark assessments like hangboarding or pull up strength (how much weight can you add, etc.). Even keeping track of your V-Points during a session and keeping a log as Dom mentioned. With this data, you can track your strength over time and not have to rely too much on subjective grading.
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